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New study links obesity to formation of bladder stones

January 10, 2017

Keeping our canine companions fit and trim helps keep them healthy. Unfortunately, obesity rates in dogs are climbing to alarming levels. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that approximately 54 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, according to its 2015 survey of veterinary healthcare professionals and pet owners.

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Foundation gives pet-loving family hope despite heartache

November 22, 2016

Jan Deboeuf-Borders and Jeff Borders have a bustling household of furry friends, and a family with plenty of love to go around. As life-long animal lovers, the family has known the joys associated with having lots of four-legged “fur kids” sharing their lives.

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I’ve got an itch! The top 5 causes of itchy skin in dogs and cats

September 6, 2016 Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, ACVIM

If you’ve ever lived with a dog, you’ve probably seen a rear leg start moving when we scratch an ear or belly. Or you have a cat that always seems to scratch its ears. Maybe you’ve heard the jingle jangle of a collar as a back foot comes up to scratch an itchy neck. Although both dogs and cats experience the occasional itch (just like we do), as pet owners it’s important to recognize when an itch is an indication of a more serious problem.

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Buzz off! Protecting your pets from diseases spread by insects

July 26, 2016

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil just around the corner, concerns about the Zika virus have filled the news. But Zika is only one of many diseases, both mild and serious, spread by insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. These vector-borne diseases affect people all over the world, and our dog and cat companions are susceptible to many of these same infections. Pet owners need to be vigilant to keep their pets healthy and happy during the “biting” season.

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Researchers Offer Hope to Our Irish Friends

March 17, 2014

Irish Setters became popular in the 18th century when they were developed from a mix of Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Terriers, English Setters, Spaniels, Pointers and Gordon Setters. Their trademark solid red color became the mark of excellence in the breed in the 19th century...

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We’re Wagging Our Tails Over the PetSafe Gala

August 27, 2013

It was all smiles and tail wagging at the second annual PetSafe Black Ties & Tails Gala to benefit Morris Animal Foundation. The dog-friendly gala took place on Saturday, August 10, in Knoxville, Tenn., and more than 160 people accompanied by more than 30 dogs were in attendance.

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Indy Leaps into the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

August 26, 2013

Indy is a quintessential Golden Retriever. At nearly three years of age, this bundle of energy participates in dock dog diving competitions – he is titled in the Senior Division which jumps 15’ – 19’, he is already a United Kennel Club champion & International Champion and has his Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International certifications. Soon, Indy will start competing in obedience.

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Dog owner and veterinarian show dedication to Golden health

July 2, 2013

Golden Retriever owners are as loyal to their breed as Goldens are to their owners. That's why Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study caught the attention of veterinarians and dog owners across the country, including Dr. Michael Lappin and Nancy Bishop of Massachusetts.

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Time to Start the Gold Rush

June 10, 2013

3,000-that's the golden number! Application for Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is open, and we're actively recruiting 3,000 Goldens under the age of 2 to take part in this amazing health study.

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Dog owner and veterinarian show dedication to Golden health

June 3, 2013

Golden Retriever owners are as loyal to their breed as their Goldens are to them. That’s why our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study has caught the attention of veterinarians and dog owners across the country, including participants Dr. Michael Lappin and Nancy Bishop in Massachusetts.

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Study Identifies Causes of Brain Inflammation

November 9, 2012 MAF

Meningoencephalitis, a general term for inflammation of the brain and its outer covering, is a naturally occurring disease in dogs that is believed to be caused by genetic and environmental factors. The disease has a grave prognosis when the cause is unknown, and unfortunately, the cause is unclear in 75 percent of cases in dogs.

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Canine Cancer Samples Made Available to Research

October 30, 2012 MAF

Canine cancer samples are now available to the research community thanks in part to Morris Animal Foundation, Pfizer Animal Health and AKC-Canine Health Foundation.

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New Initiative Looks at Long-term Canine Health

October 24, 2012 MAF

Morris Animal Foundation is still looking for veterinarians and participants for a study that may become the most influential veterinary study to date.

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Golden Retrievers Invited to Participate in Groundbreaking Study

September 27, 2012 MAF

Golden Retriever owners across the country are invited to apply to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation, the nonprofit organization running the study, will enroll 3,000 Golden Retrievers over the next two years. To qualify, dogs must be under 2 years of age and in good health. Owners can register their dogs at www.CanineLifetimeHealth.org.

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Drug Decreases Postoperative Bleeding in Greyhounds

August 27, 2012 MAF

More than 25 percent of retired racing Greyhounds experience abnormal bleeding after routine spay/neuter surgery. In people, the drug epsilon aminocaproic acid (EACA) has been used to decrease the need for blood transfusions during certain surgeries. The drug works by strengthening and accelerating clot formation.

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Potential Drug for Canine Blood Disorder IMHA

August 11, 2012 MAF

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a common type of anemia in dogs. This deadly blood disorder occurs when the dog’s immune system is triggered to attack its own red blood cells. Despite aggressive conventional treatments, IMHA has a very high mortality rate.

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Study Shows Genetic Ability to Repair DNA Linked to Predisposition to Cancer

July 12, 2012 MAF

Cancer is the no. 1 cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, and an estimated 60 percent of Golden Retrievers die of cancer. Research in human medicine is beginning to indicate that an individual’s ability to repair DNA correlates with his or her susceptibility to cancer.

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Studying Bacteria that Cause Urinary Stones

March 29, 2012 MAF

Urinary stones are a common problem in dogs, and one that can cause life-threatening obstruction of the urinary tract.

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New Dog Health Info Center

March 2, 2012 MAF

The Dog Health Info Center is here to help you learn more about the diseases that affect dogs—and how to spot signs of trouble.

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Registration is now open for the K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, CA

January 27, 2012 MAF

Join Morris Animal Foundation on Sunday, April 29, for the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk at Elk Grove Regional Park in Elk Grove.

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